Day: February 17, 2012

Politics is not entertainment

A Box of Soap By DON VOWELL Did you see the Super Bowl half-time show?  Never was so much production wasted on so little content.  It was much like the Republican primary race.  (It is not likely that a Democratic primary race would be any different, but there isn’t one this year.) Madonna’s contribution to music as great art is equal to Mitt Romney’s contribution to lasting statesmanship.  If Madonna had sneezed or fallen off the stage it would not have changed the pre-packaged performance in any way, save for adding some needed humor.  Most comments the next day were about the stunning effects of the stage, props, and lighting.  Nobody said, “Wow, that Madonna can really sing.” At least when The Who and Paul McCartney played their respective Super Bowl halftime shows they were legitimate has-beens.  They recalled bygone days when they wrote unforgettable songs and played them with sound and fury.   Madonna is a never-was. The Republicans now hoping to become the presidential nominee strike me as a never-was bunch. Mitt Romney’s performances are the same as Madonna’s – rigidly scripted and devoid of content, with nothing left to chance.  They could be lip synched.   It’s almost embarrassing to watch him pretending to be conservative for the Tea Party wing, and then switching back to his Wall Street persona the next day.  There is no...

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Annexation is a big gamble

By DEBRA WELTER The upcoming special election will give the residents of Keizer the chance to gamble for the services provided to them by the choice they make at the ballot box.  The possible payoff for the residents of Clear Lake is to save a few dollars on your taxes.  The payoff for the rest of Keizer is nothing.  Keizer Fire District (KFD) has already stated that their assumption is that all of the Clear Lake taxes will go to pay for the Clear Lake station staffing and that it is net neutral for the rest of Keizer.  What happens if the gamble is wrong?  Less service for all of Keizer and with possibly higher taxes for the rest of Keizer if Keizer Fire District’s financial assumptions don’t line up. Keizerites currently enjoy the protection of two fire districts serving our community.  We now have “auto response” coverage from Chemawa north to the city limits.  This means if a fire call comes in from this geographic area both districts will dispatch units to the call.  Each fire district backs each other up.  All fire districts use this model and it’s a good example of service.  Now KFD is saying that this service entitles them to the tax revenue from this area.  MCFD #1 routinely provides backup service into KFD’s territory, without receiving tax revenue from KFD.  In fact any...

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Clear Lake would suffer without MCFD

To the Editor: I’ve been around long enough to remember why Keizer wanted Marion County Fire District #1 (MCFD#1) to build a station at Clear Lake. The next closest station is Brooks and there’s a train track between that station and Keizer. Think about it…if Keizer Fire wins and MCFD#1 is forced to move from the Clear Lake station with their 20 firefighters and six medics, service to you and your family may have to come from farther away—and maybe have to stop for a train to pass! A fire doubles in size every five minutes. Please don’t add that time to a needed response. Join me in voting no. Wayne Miller...

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Don’t fix what is not broken

To the Editor: It seems that almost every week we hear the pros and cons of Keizer Fire District taking over what Marion County Fire District does in the Clear Lake area. The answer is simple “If it ain’t  broke don’t fix it.” If you have ever gone out that far on Wheatland Road you will see a pretty new building and equipment. If some thing sounds too good to be true it’s not! Peter DeBeck...

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Larger tax base for Keizer

To the Editor: Neither Keizer Fire District (KFD) nor Marion County Fire District No. 1 (MCFD) are part of the city of Keizer.  Both are entities separate from the city.  Therefore, it would make more sense that MCFD has the responsibility for the coverage of all Keizer and not just Clear Lake.  They would bring a larger tax base to Keizer than KFD, plus newer and better equipment.  They could take over the Keizer Fire Station without question, as citizens of Keizer already pay taxes for that station and equipment.  This would eliminate the argument of who gets what that is at issue about the Clear Lake station.  All of MCFD residents have paid for the Clear Lake station, and it would be ignorant to think that KFD could walk in and take over that station and equipment without having to pay for at least most of it out of Keizer resident’s pockets.  That means more tax dollars from the citizens of Keizer.  KFD has already said they are short of money and need the Clear Lake station to help balance their budget.  This is at the expense of the Clear Lake residents who are happy with the service provided by MCFD, as well as the service they currently provide to all of Keizer. Let’s table this issue by voting NO on the election ballot.  This would stop the...

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